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What Makes a Team Work?

First, let me start by saying that I don’t think it’s fair to assume that everyone knows the difference between a group and a team. So, I’ll start with explanations of both. A group is a collection of objects (in our case, people). A team,

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The toxic boss survival guide (Part 2)

In part one, I talked about the difference between good bosses and their toxic counterparts. This article will focus on strategies that you can use if you find yourself working for the latter.   As an executive coach, I often get called to help leaders who find

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The toxic boss survival guide (Part 1)

Not too long ago, my good friends at C-Suite Coach asked me to participate in a panel discussion about toxic bosses. It was a great conversation and got me thinking about why most managers are bad dealing with people. Of particular note, was the facilitator’s

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The Allure of Toxic Leadership

Not long ago, I was asked by an organization to coach newly hired executives. Needless to say, I welcomed the opportunity to work with such a “coach-centric” organization. Not knowing what to expect, I anticipated having a head-spinning barrage of leadership challenges. However, I soon

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So, You’re A New Leader. Now What?

Like many things, leadership is not a “one size fits all subject. What works in one situation, may not work in another. However, it’s always good to have a standard approach - a general concept for how you handle challenges. It just makes things easier.

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My First Blog

First off, thanks for clicking on my blog. A few months ago, I started thinking about chronicling some of my thoughts about what I think is a fairly elusive topic: leadership. I purposely chose the word “elusive,” because if you ask 100 people their definition

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Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is not just for our interactions with individuals, it's an essential skill for teams. The Harvard Business Review states: Teams are complex systems of individuals with different preferences, skills, experiences, perspectives, and habits. The odds of improving that complex system in a meaningful and sustainable way are

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